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Cinnamon Grand Mimosas

SHARING A HOLIDAY TRADITION OF MINE WITH YOU FOR THIS NEW YEAR'S EVE!


This year, I've loved developing recipes that made you smile, made celebrations a little extra merry, and made hosting your loved ones easier!


Thank you for following along and your engagement - truly. Every like, comment, and piece of feedback means so much to me and my heart still bursts reading each and every note of support from you all!


If you are here today reading this blog post, I am beyond grateful as it'll be my last one of the year. That feels surreal to say as 2023 has been such a magical year in which I was reminded of my purpose in more ways than one, content creation was the biggest source of joy, and I'd never felt more energized.


Today, I am sharing a recipe that is a little different than others I've shared previously on The Tash Mashup. While the recipe itself is new to the blog, I've LOVED making these on NYE and/or on New Year's Day for years, especially if entertaining and/or we want a little bubbly to go with brunch that day!


I've seen a lot of recipes for winter mimosas that call for cranberry juice, rosemary syrup, or vanilla. While these are all great flavors, I typically find champagne too sweet and like to balance it out. I also think mimosas need more orange flavor. This recipe is the perfect solution for both of these concerns.


These Cinnamon Grand Mimosas call for a little extra booze with the addition of orange-flavored liquor as well as fresh orange juice (which naturally is sweet but less sweet than store-bought orange juice). Then, to tie it all together and really bring out the orange flavor - we add a dusting of cinnamon powder on top. Together, you get a flavorful, orange-forward, spiced mimosa that is APTLY NAMED GRAND MIMOSA!


Earlier this month, I read somewhere that it's not too late to create traditions and start ones that make YOU happy. I embraced this fully as I started a few Christmas traditions as an adult in the past decade and I didn't want to stop there. NYE has always been one of my favorite holidays, not necessarily to commit to new resolutions but to embrace the mental reset that the beginning of something new, in this case, a new calendar year welcomes.


Two of my favorite traditions? Starting the year off with cake and more specifically a (pan)cake. Any kind of cake works but there's something about pancakes to start the new year. And these mimosas are the greatest pairing in my opinion with pancakes (ideally with a cardamom-infused maple syrup on top). The second tradition is getting rid of resolutions and instead committing to setting intentions...to guide, better, and evolve into the best version of myself that year. I am excited for what 2024 has in store for the blog and I hope you are excited as well for all that is to come. If you have any specific content, recipes you'd like to see, or flavor mashups that you'd love to try- please let me know!


THIS RECIPE WAS MADE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FEED FEED.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 oz Grand Marnier (Cointreau or Triple Sec would also work, but Grand Marnier is the best)

  • 3/4 oz of freshly squeezed orange juice (storebought is fine but I highly recommend freshly squeezed orange juice in this recipe)

  • 4 oz of champagne or sparkling wine

  • Generous dash of ground cinnamon


DIRECTIONS 

  1. To make this cocktail, start by pouring your freshly squeezed orange juice into a champagne flute.

  2. Then, add in your Grand Marnier and gently pour in your champagne.

  3. Lastly, add a generous dash/pinch of cinnamon on the top of each glass. I would say roughly 1/8 of a teaspoon.

  4. Then, while optional, I recommend adding a cocktail stirrer to ensure that the cinnamon is thoroughly combined and can be tasted in each sip.

  5. Serve immediately! Cheers!


~ Serves 1


Notes

  • The fresh orange juice changes this recipe in the best way. Take it from me, if you are even making regular mimosas- fresh squeezed orange is the best, especially since you don't need a lot! In a pinch, I've used storebought fresh squeezed orange juice available at grocers like Whole Foods as well as Sprouts in the deli section - but I will note that nothing beats the flavor of real orange juice in this recipe. The recipe will taste just fine with regular storebought but if you are making these, I promise that the juice is worth the squeeze in this case. :) You could also use blood oranges knowing that they are in season this year.

  • I've also made this recipe by grating fresh cinnamon! That is not necessarily a need, but delivers a richer flavor profile as the taste of freshly grated cinnamon is much more nuanced!

  • Grand Mariner is the best choice of orange liquor in this recipe as it has a cognac base and a more nuanced flavor than triple sec does. Cointreau is also a great option but if you have Grand Marnier, I highly recommend using it. I also love Grand Marnier in margaritas so trust and know that the bottle will NOT collect dust on your bar cart. :)

  • For an extra festive touch, I filmed this recipe using these drink toppers from Amazon that are under $10. They come in a set of 100 (in other words will last you forever) and are a great addition as they allow you to continuously stir the cinnamon on top in each and every sip.


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